Man drowns in Durban canal

2016-10-09 18:27
Police divers found the body of a man who drowned in the canal in Durban's Point precinct. (Supplied)

Police divers found the body of a man who drowned in the canal in Durban's Point precinct. (Supplied)

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Durban - The quayside at Durban's plush Point precinct was brought to a standstill as police rescue divers searched a canal for the body of man who had drowned in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The police's Search and Rescue Unit eventually pulled the man's body from the canal near to the spot where he had last been seen.

Resident Charlene Murphy, who lives in an adjacent block of flats, told News24 that she had heard shouting from the canals at 05:30.

"I went out to the balcony and I saw this guy swimming and he looked fine. I went back to the kitchen and put kettle on. I heard a desperate scream. I ran back and saw him a couple of meters from the edge and I ran downstairs," she said.

Murphy then jumped into the canal in an effort to save the floundering bather.

"As I jumped in he went under the water. I looked for him for about 20 minutes and then realised that it was futile. The water was so murky, so I got out," she said.

"A group of guys in a car stopped looking for a man and he was obviously their friend. They had been at Cape2Cairo [nightclub] and their friend had disappeared," Murphy added.

Police are investigating.

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